© Gavin Maxwell /naturepl.com
Status: Not Listed
Lurking at elevations of up to 6,700 meters in the Himalayas is this tiny jumping spider, which is appropriately named the Himalayan Jumping Spider (Euophrys omnisuperstes). The scientific name means ‘standing above everything’ and it might possibly be the highest known permanent resident on earth.
This super fuzzy creature survives by feeding on stray insects that are blown up the mountainside by the wind. That’s its only source of food! It must be quite the opportunist hunter, then. Take a look at this video of the spider in action: